We’ve spent a little bit of time deriding the absurdity of Harold Camping’s counterfactual prediction that world would incontrovertibly end in Spring 2011, his later insistence in the world would really really end in October 2011, and his consistent call for money to maintain his “soul-saving” operation throughout. It all was rather silly.
When the world was coming to an end on May 21st of this year, all the world’s news media corporations spread the word and wrote stories about the impending doom.
But now that it’s October 21 and Harold Camping has again predicted the end of the world today, nobody’s paying attention?
What’s that? It’s unsystematic, [...]
In August of 2010 a reader, noting my disturbing lack of Christianity, suggested that if I only read Lee Stroebel’s The Case for Christ I’d see the light. Stroebel had written such a rationally compelling apologetic that the reader, a former agnostic, said she’d had no choice but to convert to Christianity. Although Stroebel depicts [...]
New York same-sex marriages began this Monday, July 25, a day after local clerks in New York State started issuing same-sex marriage licenses. How did God punish New York? With weather, of course. Christian conservatives have declared over and over that God will punish societies that endorse gay and lesbian relationships with nasty weather disasters.
When conservative preacher Rick Warren raked in $2.4 million last December for his “Saddleback Church” (an archipelago of high-tech churches, gymnasium courts, restaurants and even a music school sitting on nine campuses of prime California real estate), the church didn’t pay a penny of tax on that income. Saddleback Church is tax-exempt despite its wealth.
Satanic Panic by Jeffrey S. Victor is a great book for its empirical thoroughness, tracking the spread of rumors about Satanic cults across the United States in the 1980s, documenting a complete lack of evidence for actual cult activity, and working to explain how an utterly fictitious threat could have aroused a vivid campaign of [...]
The Freedom From Religion Foundation got all the details right when it posted a billboard featuring the friendly face of Dylan Galos in Columbus, Ohio. The billboard, which featured the words “I can be good without God,” wasn’t posted on public land or with public money — it was placed on private property using privately [...]
The Bible is as clear as mud on many subjects, but it’s absolutely clear about the practice of usury (lending money at a high rate of interest). As far as I’m aware, there are no Bible verses that encourage Christians to engage in usury, but there are a number that prohibit it:
In the summer of 2010, after Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage shot his mouth off about believing in creationism and wanting to put creationism in Maine’s public schools, Republican Party apologists for his candidacy tossed themselves into the media to allay concerns that LePage had veered into insanity. Don’t worry, they said and wrote, it’s [...]
May 21 2011 has come and gone, and despite the predictions of Christian preacher Harold Camping on his nationally broadcast Family Radio programs, there has been no Judgment Day. No earthquake bigger than mankind has ever seen. No billions of dead bodies spit out of the earth and onto the ground.
Christian media outlets [...]
Dateline: May 21, 2011, 11:00 AM.
Prominent Christian preacher Harold Camping is heard every day on on Family Radio, broadcast from coast to coast. According to him, today is the day of the Rapture and Judgment. When the largest earthquake ever known to mankind shakes the ground. When the Earth spits out the bodies [...]